I’m not quite sure when it happened, but it did and now that it’s here, it’s not going away. I’m talking about wrinkles and all that extra padding that has turned my once thin body into the shape of a pear.
Firm skin is a thing of the past. I could fly South and back with the skin flaps beneath my arms and as for my legs, let’s just say my knees are now situated much closer to my ankles.
My eyes, once described as big, round cow eyes, have turned into sad, tired cow eyes. I have learned how to hide my double chin when someone snaps a picture. Sleeveless attire never enters the clothing equation and neck scarves are my new best friend (thankfully, they are in vogue); expandable or elastic waistbands are my constant companion.
Mirrors have become bulletin boards for the grand kids artwork and there is a dimmer switch on every light fixture in the house. Bigger is better when it comes to sunglasses; my favorite are those that cover my fading eyebrows and also hide the dark circles under my eyes.
Advanced age brings wisdom, but certainly not beauty. It’s a bitter-sweet trade-off. Scripture reminds us to be content in all things and that includes our acceptance of the aging process.
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” Matthew 6:25-26
I have given much consideration to this whole age thing and here is my conclusion.
When it’s my time to leave this earth, the power of gravity will work in my favor. I see it as an instant liposuction and face-lift all in one. The sagging skin, wrinkles and extra padding will be extracted upwards by the powerful force of God.
When I arrive at Heaven’s Gate, I will be refreshed, youthful and my current underarm skin flaps will be replaced with beautiful wings. As for sunglasses, they will only be needed to protect my eyes from the radiance of God’s glory.
FYI: It’s just one of the perks of being a Christian!